Coulda, woulda, shoulda.
That’s what it seems to have come down to where Toronto’s headlining act of their Canada Day weekend festivities is concerned.
Canadian/Palestinian rapper/songwriter Belly took the stage as the closing act in Nathan Philips Square’s weekend of entertainment and proceeded to bath the audience in a wave of profanity, or at least that’s what a handful of parents who were in attendance with their children are saying.
The City of Toronto has issued a statement apologizing for the ‘inappropriate content’ at the event.
Belly, on the other hand, has literally told everyone on social media to ‘s*ck my d*ck!’.
He also questioned parents having their kids out so late. Sure they were there to see the fireworks, but would it have been better for everyone if the city had the fireworks before Belly took to the stage?
Who’s right? Who’s wrong?
Belly is a prolific artist who won the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year in 2016 along with The Weekend, they co-wrote the song 6 Inch for Beyonce‘s Lemonade album. Belly’s debut album won the 2008 Juno for Rap Album of the Year. The man is legit.
Was Toronto wrong to book such a polarizing act? Belly’s performance was true to his brand and the type of show his fans have come to expect.
That said, Belly did signed a contract for the Canada Day performance that cited a restriction on ‘adult’ language. Surely he could have controlled his language without compromising his art for the sake of the event, no?
THAT said, Drake surprised Toronto over the same weekend, performing on the same stage, and he dropped more than a couple of F-bombs himself. No one’s said a word about that.
So who’s right? Who’s wrong?
What do you say?
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